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The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz: Always Have an Out

09-17-2016 7414 responses Top results

For those of us who play poker, the common phrase "always have an out" is one of many from everyday life that makes us think of our favorite card game — even if the phrase didn't necessarily come from poker.

In non-poker life, the phrase suggests the need to have some sort of exit strategy whenever getting entangled in some less than comfortable spot. Meanwhile in poker we talk of "outs" in more tangible ways. And usually in the plural — as in, we don't want merely to have "an out" when we commit our chips, but lots of outs.

Today's installment of "The Weekly PokerNews Strategy Quiz" is all about knowing your outs. Look at the eight no-limit hold'em situations below and identify how many outs you have to win the hand. Get six of them correct and you pass, and if you miss any you'll get a note explaining what the right answer was.

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Question 1

You have Jd-Tc and go all in with the board showing Qc-9d-9c-2h, and your opponent turns over Ah-As. How many outs do you have?

Question 2

Same spot -- you have Jd-Tc and go all in on that Qc-9d-9c-2h board -- but this time your opponent has Kh-Ks. How many outs do you have this time?

Question 3

You have the overpair this time, holding Jd-Jc on a board of Tc-8c-7d-3h. But your opponent has 9h-6h. How many outs do you have?

Question 4

This time you have Ah-As and go all in on a board showing Ac-9c-3d-Kc, but your opponent has Qc-Tc. How many outs do you have?

Question 5

You’ve got 3c-2c and make it to the turn with the board showing Ac-4c-Kd-9d. Your opponent shoves with 9h-9s and you decide to call. How many outs to you have?

Question 6

You’re all in on the turn with the board showing Kh-9c-8c-2d. Your opponent turns over Ad-As, while you show Kc-Qc. How many outs do you have to crack those aces?

Question 7

The board reads Jd-8s-6c-4h. Your opponent has 5c-5d and you have 10c-9c. How many outs do you have to win?

Question 8

Last one. You have Ks-Kd and shove all in on a 9d-Kc-As-2h board, but your opponent calls with Ac-Ah. How many outs do you have?

What do you think?